8-25-12 – Edit – Here is a helpful link explaining why some view the Family research council as a hate group – here. It was posted in the comments below and it gives a needed counterbalance to the article I linked to below in my original post. It was very helpful for me to read to learn more about the group. I’m still not sure I want to call them a “hate group.” But I will say this. I am deeply disturbed and troubled and angered by their views, their shoddy research methods, and offensive claims. In many ways they are damaging the reputation of Christians for the rest of us.
Original Post –
I’ve been accused at least once since joining the blogging world of sharing research from “known hate groups” and so therefore what I said about the research wasn’t really listened to or taken into account.
One of the groups that is known by non-Christians as a hate group is the “Family Research Council.” I didn’t know much about this group at all. But now, I’ve done a bit of research. I know I have quite a bit of differences with them, in my tendencies, goals, doctrine, and practice. But I see no reason to call them a “hate group.” Groups like this believe homosexual behavior is wrong, but they do not hate homosexuals, and do not think of homosexuals as inferior people. I don’t see how they can be considered a hate group anymore than a group could be considered a hate group for thinking gambling was wrong, or for thinking it’s wrong to watch R-rated movies. It doesn’t matter the issue. To believe some practice is wrong is not the same as hating people.
This false labeling really bothers me because it shuts down rational discussion, in a similar way to how a few people completely ignore anything I have to say because of my faith stance.
In light of this, I found this article – Debatable: Is the Christian Church a ‘Hate Group’? – which is very helpful and detailed in explaining why this organization was labeled a “hate group” and a clear explanation of why it should not be considered such. I’m posting this not because I necessarily agree with everything in this article, but mainly just to give another perspective and to support why I don’t think groups like this should be labeled “hate groups.”
Incidentally, the article talks about some of the research findings from the Family Research Council about homosexuality. They are interesting to me. I’d love to hear more about the truth or error of those studies if anyone has any good resources to share.